About us

50 years and counting...

Gravesend's premier

music, theatre, cinema and

entertainment venue

Our Story

The Woodville, in Wrotham Road in Gravesend, was officially opened on Friday, November 15 1968, by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent.

Designed by architects H.T Cadbury-Brown and Partners, who were followers of the modernist school of architecture and heavily influenced by the work of Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, the building was state of the art at the time.

50 years on... Still Gravesend's cultural heartbeat

Built in 1968 as part of the new Civic Centre, Woodville Halls has hosted dance schools, local shows and national talent.


Our main auditorium is capable of seating 650 patrons across three levels or of being transformed into a flat floor space for cabaret performances for 380 seated at tables and 100 seated in the circle. Beneath the Main Auditorium is our Studio Theatre.


This space is used to present familiar plays and new pieces of theatre and play hosts to our monthly Comedy Club. The Studio Theatre, sponsored by O2 Gravesend can accommodate up to 180 seated patrons and has a bar at the rear of the seating area.
Through our programming we aim to present national touring works of all genres, to introduce and build a local audience for The City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and visiting classical musicians and to re-engage the local community with the venue by allowing them to use the space for a variety of performance styles. We offer a dynamic programme of theatre, live performances, community projects, cinema and live broadcasts.

The Paul Greengrass Cinema

Our cinema, named after award winning director Paul Greengrass (he went to school in Gravesend!) boasts Dolby surround sound and 3D facilities. It is the only cinema in Gravesham and shares the Main Auditorium space.

Our creative programme aims to address the challenge of how to be commercially successful whilst at the same time presenting a varied and enriching calendar of entertainment.

The Blake Gallery

The Woodville also has an art gallery on site, The Blake Gallery (named after British painter and illustrator Sir Peter Blake).


The Community Square

At the front of The Woodville is a 'Community Square'. This large space is used for Cultural and community events, including outdoor concerts and theatre.


There are several meeting and conference spaces in the venue and the main auditorium is used for exhibitions and key notes. Woodville is licensed for civil ceremonies and has a team on hand to arrange as much or as little as is required. School Proms, Parties and Celebrations are held at the complex throughout the year.


The venue is owned by Gravesham Borough Council and is in receipt of a yearly subsidy.

Meet the Team

Mandy Hare
General Manager

Roland Baker
Technical Manager

Aine Lyons
Senior Food and Beverage Manager

Holly Hardy
Deputy General Manager

Sue Reuter
Conference & Event Coordinator

Shelley Brown & Stephanie Bobbins
Marketing Department


The Woodville are members of the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians), UK Theatre (Formerly the Theatrical Management Association), SOBOM (the Society of Box Office Managers), STAR (Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers) and are compliant with the Family Arts Standards guidelines.

Accessible Seating

Woodville has six wheelchair spaces available with an adjacent companion's seat in the East Stalls. A lift is installed in the foyer and an accessible toilet facility is available at the back of the auditorium. Ramped access is also available for bigger scooters/beds etc via the Kent Room or stage doors of the venue.


Where possible (dependent on contracts) we do offer a ticket concession for wheelchair patrons.
An infrared hearing system is available for patrons sat in rows D to P in the stalls.


Assistant dogs are permitted at all shows but we do ask for prior notice.


We are happy to assist with any specific requirements that you may have, please contact our booking line on 08442 439 480 or email box.office@gravesham.gov.uk